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Tattoos may significantly increase risk of hepatitis C infection

It is a fad these days to sport tattoos. Kids often show off their sticker tattoos. But adults go a step further. Permanent tattoos, which are permanent reminders throughout life, in different designs and shapes, are very popular. However there is a darker side to the whole affair. The study in the United States of America says that tattoos significantly increase the risk of hepatitis C infe...

Antidepressants come in handy for patients on treatment for hepatitis, cancers and multiple sclerosis

The sad part in the treatment of certain cancers, hepatitis and multiple sclerosis with interferon therapy is that while the treatment can extent life, it can seriously spoil its quality. Alpha interferon a drug used to fight these diseases can cause crippling depression. ..A new research now shows that the use of an antidepressant before starting the treatment can avoid this problem. Almost 50...

Vitamin B for Hepatitis

A study has found a cheap and non toxic method of treating Hepatitis, by administering vitaminB to the Ptients..... Hepatitis B virus infects the liver, and in severe cases can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. It is spread through contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person. ....A researcher decided to test thiamine for HBV after a very bright and aware patient...

Hepatitis G May Boost HIV Survival

A form of hepatitis virus not believed to cause illness may improve survival in people who have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In two new studies, HIV-positive people who were also infected with the hepatitis G virus tended to live longer than other people infected with HIV. Researchers suspect that hepatitis G, which is also known as GB virus C, improves survival by keeping HIV from replicatin...

Cure for Hepatitis B

An Indian medicinal plant may be one of the most effective ways of treating disorders caused by the Hepatitis B virus, according to new research. Clinical trials using a drug based on the Keezhanali plant were conducted at the University of Madras in South India and the Scottish Centre// for Infection in Glasgow. ....The results are believed to be better than any drug so far used to treat Hepatit...

Hepatitis E virus made impotent

A ribozyme, an enzyme that can be used to kill the deadly Hepatitis E virus has been designed by Indian scientists. The ribozyme had been designed using the viral clones and would kill the virus by cutting RNA.// .. .. The efficacy of the ribozyme was being tested on animals. The cloned virus could also be used for diagnostic purposes to detect the presence of Hepatitis E virus. .. .. F...

Sharing injection equipment spreads Hepatitis C

According to findings of a new report, the risks injection drug users face for infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) from sharing commonly used drug paraphernalia other than syringes, such as drug "cookers" and cotton filters.// ....While many anti-drug campaigns have warned of the hazards of sharing hypodermic needles, the new study found that injection drug users who shared cookers--contai...

Lymphoma's Link to Hepatitis C

Researchers at the University of Hopkins found a new study shows some cancer patients who also have the hepatitis C virus may benefit from treatment with the drug, interferon...Past research has suggested a connection between the hepatitis C virus and some B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma's. //A patient with both of these diseases was treated with the antiviral treatment interferon. The patient resp...

Hepatitis B Vaccine To Be Included In National Immunization Programme

India's Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss Monday said that the government would include Hepatitis B vaccination under its national immunisation programme// as it has been emerging as a "problem greater than AIDS." ..Addressing the valedictory function of an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-World Health Organisation (WHO) organised training workshop on laboratory diagnosis of leptospirosi...

Hepatitis shots is promising

Researchers observe that an experimental new combination of drugs for Hepatitis -C Cures more patients with fewer side effects than the standard treatment for the potentially deadly,liver destroying infection.// ..The new Treatment could give doctors a more potent weapon against the virus at a time experts are forecasting a surge in cases of Hepatitis- C liver damage over the next few years.The...

Need for Hepatitis Booster Questioned

British researchers suggest booster vaccinations for hepatitis A may not really be necessary. Studies done indicate people who receive the HAV vaccine develop immune memory of the virus long after// detectable levels of antibodies to the virus can been measured. ..Hepatitis A is common around the world, with about 1.4 million new cases identified each year. The incidence of the disease is lowest...

3 die, 500 sickened in nation's largest hepatitis A outbreak Associated Press

A third person died Friday and nearly 500 others who ate at a Chi-Chi's Mexican restaurant have fallen ill in the biggest known outbreak of hepatitis A in U.S.// history, making people so scared they are lining up by the thousands for vaccinations and no longer eating out. ....Health investigators are focusing on whether contaminated produce - perhaps scallions - caused the outbreak at the resta...

Good News for HIV Patients Also Suffering From Hepatitis C Virus

Researchers conducting a large clinical trial of people infected with both HIV and hepatitis C have some positive news to report. // According to their study, patients who are treated with a newer combination of drugs are significantly more likely to rid their bodies of HCV than those who receive standard therapy. ..The finding is important because as many as 300,000 of the estimated 1 million Am...

The Link Between Hepatitis B Vaccine And Multiple Sclerosis Questioned

A recent study by Harvard researchers suggests a link between the hepatitis B vaccination and multiple sclerosis. In their study, people who received the vaccine were three-times more likely to develop MS // over the next three years than those who were not vaccinated. ..While this finding is disturbing, the investigators emphasize the overall effect of the vaccine on the development of MS was sm...

The Effectiveness Of Hepatitis B Vaccine Questioned

The hepatitis B virus causes inflammation of the liver and can cause complications such as liver scarring or cancer //. In most countries, the hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for infants. Previous research has suggested the vaccine for hepatitis B protects against infection for up to 10 years. However, a recent study has shown the vaccine protection continues past 10 years. ..Researchers follo...

New Treatment for Chronic Hepatitis B

The Food and Drug Administration (USA) had approved Baraclude (entecavir) tablets and oral solution for treating patient with chronic hepatitis B in adults.// ....The new medication Baraclude slows down the progress of the disease by interfering with the reproduction of the virus. The drug was approved on the basis of three studies that were conducted to see the effect of the new medication vers...

Adverse Effects Associated with Unauthorised Hepatitis A Vaccine in China

More than 200 Chinese children became sick and one death was reported after being given an unauthorized Hepatitis A vaccine.// According to reports about 2,500 children in the eastern province of Anhui were administered the Hepatitis A vaccine on the 16 and 17 of June without official permission. ..Li Wei a six-year-old child suffered an unspecified infection and breathing problem the day after...

New Four- in- one Vaccine For DTP & Hepatitis To Hit The Indian Market

Shantetra, the first indigenously developed combination vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and hepatitis-B has been launched to protect children against the four life threatening diseases. // .. ..Shantha Biotechnics Limited, a pioneer in health care industry has manufactured and marketed the product keeping in line with the worldwide trend of switching to combination vaccines... ..The ne...

Complications In Kidney Failure Patients Linked To Heparin

Researchers from Mayo clinic had attributed the rising rates of mortality in kidney failure patients undergoing hemodialysis to increased levels of heparin antibodies in their bodies. .. ..Their study in the August issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings // is a preliminary look at one aspect affecting the health of patients who undergo hemodialysis. In the study, they found patients who had a higher le...

Booster dose not required for Hepatitis B Vaccination

Alessandro Remo Zanetti and his colleagues from Institute of Virology, Italy has found that Initial vaccination with Hepatitis B produces the required concentrations of circulating antibodies in the blood of the patients for long periods//. The researchers have found that the circulating antibodies against Hepatitis B vaccination are present in the blood for at least 10 years after vaccination. R...

Morphine Withdrawal Complicates Hepatitis C Infection in Drug Abusers

Hepatitis C, a condition that leads to inflammation of the liver is common among intravenous drug users. There are nearly 70-80 % of abusers are suffering from // the disease in the United States. .. ..This high association has generated interest in determining the effects of drug abuse, specifically opiates, on progression of the disease. The discovery of such an association would impact treatm...

Negative Impact Of Hepatitis C Infection In Renal Transplant Recipients

Recent research demonstrates that hepatitis C virus infection is a bad prognostic indicator for patient and graft survival duration in renal transplant recipients//. ..Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is reported in 3%-64% of renal allograft recipients; the prevalence depends on the geographic area. Infections are the commonest cause of death in renal transplant recipients. ..Researchers from th...

Hepatitis B A high cause of Asian Female Mortality

Hepatitis B plays a vital role in female mortality, second only to infanticide in Asian countries, finds a new study... ..Emily Oster, a graduate student of economics at Harvard University//, found that infanticide may not be the only cause of the uncommonly high male to female ratios in many Asian countries, reports science portal EurekAlert... ..Hepatitis B is common in many Asian countries, pa...

Heparin does not protect from recurrent heart attacks

Professor Mahaffey and his team from Duke Clinical Research Institute have found that either form of heparin (both low molecular weight and unfractionated)gives emergency// protection to heart attack patients by breaking the clots in blood flow to the heart reducing the risk of heart attacks for 24 hours. Though both the forms of heparin gives emergency treatment they are not found to avoid the r...

Heparin Antibodies May Put Patients At Risk

Patients developing antibodies to heparin, an anti-clotting drug, run the risk of either serious complications after undergoing a heart surgery, or death, according to a new research // . The Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center’s professor of anesthesiology Thomas Slaughter said that the study aimed at finding out if an independent risk is posed by the development of heparin antibodies...

Biovac, Hepatitis A Vaccine Marketed By Wockhardt

A new break through in the medical field was seen when Pharma major Wockhardt limited (Thiruvananthapuram) in association with the Chinese Biotech company who were the instigators for the vaccine//, marketed the latest vaccine for Hepatitis A. ..Hepatitis A is very common in India and various measures are to be taken to curb the spread of the disease. The causative agent is a virus which has an i...

Link Between Hepatitis C And Liver Cancer Unraveled By Scientists

The exact mechanism by which Hepatitis C could cause liver cancers is has been very poorly understood in the previous years. Researchers from the University of Texas have now discovered a biochemical pathway// believed to play a key role in the association between liver cancer and Hepatitis C. The link or association is very similar to the already established link between the human papilloma viru...

HPA Says Hepatitis C Infection Is On The Rise

Chronic hepatitis C infection is resulting in 4,500 people across the UK suffering from liver disease. By the year 2010, this is expected to rise to 7,000, according to a report by the Health Protection Agency (HPA). The UK has about 200,000 people who suffer from the chronic hepatitis C infection, but most of them are not aware of their // condition. Injected drugs are believed to be responsibl...

Saliva Can Now Be Used For Hepatitis C Test

Israeli scientists have developed a test that can detect the Hepatitis C virus using saliva instead of serum. ..Researchers led by Arieh Yaari of Soroka University Medical Centre // in Israel carried out their study on 37 dialysis patients, people without kidney functions whose blood must be passed through a machine to filter out waste products, reported science portal SciDev Net. ....Such pati...

Candidate vaccine to reduce hepatitis C viral load.

Hepatitis C virus is the leading cause of death and liver transplant in the western world. This disease is also very common that it is incidence is five times more when compared to HIV/ AIDS. // Hence researchers at the University of Saskatchewan's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) have developed a vaccine candidate to treat hepatitis C infection. ..This vaccine technique is ve...

Hepatitis A Cases On A Steady Increase In Canterbury

The high incidence of Hepatitis A cases in Canterbury has prompted reasons for concern among// the health officials. Nearly 12 people have been infected with the deadly virus since December. // This is significantly higher than two or three cases on an average per year. ....The source of the virus however, still remains a mystery according to official health reports. There possibility of some a...

India To Import Hepatitis Vaccines From China

A Chinese company will commence exports of live hepatitis A vaccine to India, as it has been given the necessary clearance to do so. ....The export by the Zhejiang Pukang Biotech Co marks the debut export of Chinese-made vaccines.// The vaccine, developed by Chinese scientists, has been tried on 130 million people in China and shown to be effective in bringing down incident rates of the disease...

Hepatitis C Virus To Be Screened Before Blood Transfusion

Dr Mohd Ismail Merican the Director-General of Health Datuk, Kuala Lumpur asked the people to seek medical help in case if they are infected// with Hepatitis C. ..He said that people who had received blood transfusion before 1997 to go in for a blood check up to screen against the deadly virus Hepatitis C. This because the routine blood screening procedure was initiate after 1997 and erase all...

Infants Need to Be Vaccinated For Hepatitis B

The mother to child transmission of hepatitis B can be prevented by immunizing infants whose mothers suffer from hepatitis B, according to a BMJ published study. The world has a total of 350 million people who are carriers of hepatitis B,// which is transmitted through body fluids and blood. ..As many as 50% of these infections are accounted for by mother to child transmissions. The effects, bo...

Blood Transfusion May Have Contributed Towards Hepatitis C

Officials belonging to the Scottish health department have admitted that blood transfusions may have resulted in fresh cases of hepatitis C among NHS patients. // As many as 3,000 people may have been affected by this, and it is not possible to trace all of them through the available records. ....Most of the affected patients many not even be aware of the fact that they have been infected. Furt...

Kerr Discourages Transfusion Hepatitis Inquiry

Medical specialists have expressed their disappointment over the inadequate monitoring of all patients who may have received transfusions of blood infected with hepatitis C // during 1970 and 1980. A blood test for this condition became available only in 1991, which led many campaigners, mostly hemophiliacs question the transfusion practice carried on during this period. ....The Holy rood health...

Hepatitis B Relapse In Cancer Chemotherapy Can Be Avoided By Antiviral Drug

A team of researchers led by Jeong Won Jang of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Catholic University of Korea in Seoul, has found // that administering an antiviral drug would help prevent hepatitis B relapse in patients who are undergoing chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer. ..In hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), patients have a 55 percent chance of developing hepatitis B as a res...

Florida State University declares a breathtaking study which might solve the Hepatitis C Virus maze and find a cure!

The Hepatitis virus scare is too much to handle, Hepatitis C alone infects more than 170 million people worldwide. The main danger is to the liver which leads to both acute and chronic liver diseases. // ..The protective mechanism that denies any anti viral therapy to be produced against it the refusal to reproduce in test tubes for more than a few hours or days. This has been a major problem and...

Hepatitis C Occurs Even After Liver Transplantation

The serum viral levels fall after the removal of a diseased liver from a Hepatitis C (HCV) patient. Virus levels are found to return even after a healthy liver transplant, which can even go beyond pre-transplant levels, // according to a new research results published in the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases’ (AASLD) Liver Transplantation journal. The chief reason for most live...

New Hepatitis B Vaccine

Hepatitis B infection is the world's most common liver infection. It spreads easily and is readily transmitted to individuals than the AIDS virus. ..It causes liver cirrhosis, // liver failure and liver cancer. Statistics show that about two billion people (30 %) of the world's population, has been infected with the hepatitis B virus. ..Out of which 350 million individuals are chronic carriers...
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